WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A TRAINING HEAD DOLL
CHOOSING A TRAINING HEAD
A training head doll is a fantastic tool for any budding hair stylist. It enables you to practise your skills and encourages creativity. They also look great in photos and will definitely sit still better than your seven year old will! I often get asked what things to look for before purchasing one. There is so much choice out there but the real difficulty is separating the good ones from the bad. They often all make similar claims but differ wildly in price. Here are some top things to look for before you buy.
IS IT REALLY 100% HUMAN HAIR?
Be wary of very long and thick hair under £60 even if it says 100% human hair. The labels don’t always reflect what you get. I can remember one incident when I taught a workshop at Liverpool Beauty college. I asked all the students to bring in training heads. One girl brought one in which we definitely couldn’t use for styling. She was convinced it was real deal as the label had stated it was all 100% human hair but we literally couldn’t get a brush through it! If you do buy a training head that is actually synthetic or mixed synthetic fibres, you won’t be able to do the hairstyles you want. Braiding and brushing will matt the hair to the point where the hair is no longer fit for purpose.
This is one thing you won’t necessarily think of checking but it’s important that you do. If the hair isn’t very dense you’ll find it difficult to make your hairstyles look realistic. It may also be harder to style. A training head which looks and feels sparse will most likely be the cheaper option but will also look like it too. Be sure to look carefully at a front-facing picture so you can see the hairline. It should look full and thick.
BACKWARD FACING HAIR (UNLESS YOU SPECIFICALLY WANT TO CUT A FRINGE)
The hair on the training head should ideally fall backwards away from the face. Some heads will have forward facing hair (falls into the dolls face). But this is only suitable if you are planning to cut in a fringe. For the purposes of general styling and up-do you’ll want the hair to fall in one direction.
FACE IT HEAD ON!
Always Make sure you see a picture of the face (front facing). Not every head will have been painted symmetrically. And sometimes it may be just downright ugly! You don’t want to give someone a fright when you give the head as a present or when it’s sitting eerily in the corner.
ONLY BUY ONCE
Clamps are universal. 99% of the time if you already have a clamp you won’t need another. I also really like a tripod stand which really holds the head in place while you style the hair. A training doll’s head is an important purchase if you want something to practise on regularly.
A training doll’s head is a fantastic purchase for you to further your hair styling skills. However, you don’t want to have to buy again if the quality of the head becomes an issue. Be sure to do your checks beforehand to ensure your head lasts one great hairstyle after another.
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